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Sunday, 28 August 2011

Gemsbok/Oryx

Because the sun was out yesterday, I took some more photos of the Gemsbok
Previous photos have been a little dark and you couldn't see the detail very well.
I have a friend who lives near me and she has recommended a mould and casting company, who makes moulds from her figurines.  So I've emailed them and I am waiting for a quote.
I will (hopefully depending on the costs) have a limited number of copies made. 





Saturday, 27 August 2011

Schleich Mountain Goat

I've been getting a few retired Schleich recently, all of which I managed to get at bargain prices or in trades with friends.
This Schleich Mountain goat I won on eBay the other week - in great condition:
I already had the Safari one, which is an identical mould, the Schleich one has finer detail and stands flat on it's hooves.  But I love them both.  

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Latest Additions

This one is retired and I noticed a lot of sites were out of stock and of course they'll never get them back again, so I thought he'll be hard to get soon and bought one. 
Three cute hedgehogs, which were a gift - I'll have to get the adult to go with them 
And a comparison with the Bullyland Ibex

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Gaur from Poland

This morning I received the stunning Gaur Bull, made by Anna Dobrowolska-Oczko












With the Common Eland Bull and Bongo also by Anna 

Monday, 22 August 2011

My Entire Collection

Following a recent topic of Schleichtiersammler forum - I decided I'd post pictures of my display cabinets.
So starting from the top of the cabinet:
Wildlife 






  

Domestic animal display cabinet: 





That's it!

Thursday, 18 August 2011

New Bullyland

Most of the time I just add my new additions to my collection pages on the right, but then people don't know they're there unless the look regularly.
So I'll share new figurines I get here as well :) 

So this week I received six Bullyland animals, some of which are quite rare!
First up is the Chamois.  There's also another colour variation in the model, but this dark version is the rarer of the two.  I just love him, he may not be as realistic as the new Papo Chamois, but I think he's gorgeous.
Then two Mufflon Sheep, I'd never seen before and it turns out the white one is very rare.  These are quite small, you'll see a comparison picture in a moment.
A cute cock Pheasant, all of these animals are made in Germany.
And finally two adorable Guinea Pigs, I have a soft spot for these critters.  There are a few more from Bullyland to collect, it seems they're hard to get hold of though.
All together, the seller kindly popped a gift into the package, a Golden Retriever!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Schleich Musk Ox

I've been wanting this guy for ages and finally won him on eBay last week.
In the picture on the listing he looked in poor condition, but when he arrived he was almost perfect just a couple of rubs on the horns.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

I thought these thistle like flowers were rather neat, you can see them in stages as the flowers begin to come. 
The actual flowers are so luminous they remind me of something from 'Avatar'



I don't know their proper name, but they look like they're related to the thistle, these are domestic.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Tiger

Just a quick Bengal tiger I did this morning
It's my take on a German book's cover illustration - mine is a lot more simplified and I added the sketchy jungle background.  The book illustration has his mouth open.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Favourite Animals

Here's a painting I did recently of my favourite mammals and birds.
From left the right:
Okapi, Green Woodpecker, Bongo, Japanese Crane, Red Panda, Knobbed Hornbill, Bengal Tiger, Goldfinch and Moon Bear
There are so many beautiful creatures out there to choose from, it's almost impossible to decide - so these are just a few of my absolute favourites. 

Friday, 12 August 2011

Rhode Island Red Chick

One of my hens was broody and only sitting on one egg, fortunately it hatched!  Here are a few pictures, these first three are the chick a couple of days old: 


and below are to date: